Fall is in the air! Skip the expensive fall drinks that are packed with sugar and make your own lightened-up version at home. My Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie is the perfect drink to satisfy your pumpkin spice craving. This smoothie is packed with protein and uses simple ingredients like unsweetened almond milk, plain non-fat Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree. This recipe is so versatile–make it your next breakfast, snack, or dessert!
What you’ll need to make this Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie
Note: If you’re counting calories or macros or tracking points on WW, be sure to account for the specific brands you use when making this smoothie.
- Pumpkin purée
- This is not pumpkin pie filling; it is just pureed pumpkin, no sweeteners added.
- Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- Vanilla protein powder
- Read more below about my favorite protein powder.
- I choose to use one that is sweetened with coconut sugar, rather than with artificial sweeteners.
- Ice cubes
- Maple extract
- Maple syrup
- I use pure, organic maple syrup; not sugar-free. It has a more substantial sweet taste. However if you are diabetic, you can use sugar-free.
- Pumpkin pie spice OR apple pie spice
- Unsweetened almond milk (you can also use cashew, oat, or skim milk)
- This smoothie is not dairy free, since the protein powder has whey; however, I like using plant based milk for recipes like this one because they are lower in calories and fat.
- pinch of salt
- Optional: Cinnamon sugar (for topping)
All about the protein powder I use
- My favorite vanilla protein powder: linked here through my Amazon Affiliate link
- Feel free to use your favorite vanilla flavored protein powder.
- I never was a fan of protein powder because I could never find one that didn’t contain artificial sweeteners or even natural sugar replacements, which I am sensitive to. Recently, I did a quick google search for “protein powder sweetened with coconut sugar” and found the Naked Whey brand on Amazon (which I use here in this recipe). I was skeptical at first, but the minimal ingredients really make me feel good about using protein powder.
- Using one scoop of protein powder for this smoothie offers over 12g of protein without adding any chalky texture or aftertaste.
- If you want to bump up the protein even more, you can add another scoop of protein powder and more milk.
How to make this Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie
Smoothie recipes are great because once you gather all of your ingredients, all you need to do is toss them in a blender! This makes them a great option when you’re in a pinch, on the go, or just don’t feel like breaking out your pots and pans.
Once blended, you can opt to serve this smoothie over ice if desired. Adding ice cubes to the blender gives your smoothie an extra chill.
How can I elevate this recipe?
Sometimes, less is more–but if you’re looking to bulk this smoothie up feel free to add whipped cream, cacao nibs, fresh fruit, etc. The options are endless!
This smoothie recipe makes one 20-ounce smoothie. It is a super filling breakfast, snack, dessert, etc. If you’d rather pair it with your favorite breakfast , that’s an option too! Find some of my fall-friendly suggestions below:
- Healthy Fall Breakfast Sandwiches
- Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal
- Healthy Mini Air Fryer Banana Bread (for one)
- White Chocolate Pretzel Baked Oatmeal
- Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Pancake Bake
More pumpkin recipes, please!
Pumpkin-flavored recipes are a crowd-favorite for fall. I have many different pumpkin recipes to satisfy all of your fall cravings–whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dessert, etc.! Check out some of the recipes below, everything from breakfast to dessert:
- Lightened-Up Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
- Pumpkin Spice Pancake Bake
- Skinny Pumpkin Bread
- Skinny Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars
- Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, used: Naked Whey
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, sub: cashew, oat, skim milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice
- 3-5 ice cubes, 3-5 cubes
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- optional: cinnamon sugar or your favorite topping
- Combine all ingredients in blender.
- Optional: top with cinnamon sugar or your favorite fun topping.
- 4 WW points
Love this smoothie? Try my Healthy Chocolate Frosty Protein Smoothie!